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Karl Lagerfeld Recreates a Neon Place Vendôme for Chanel Couture

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Yesterday Karl Lagerfeld showed his autumn/winter 2011 haute couture collection for Chanel. We heard that the Kaiser switched the show time to ten at night because he wanted the moonlight to fill the Grand Palais. The space was transformed into a neon light-trimmed Place Vendôme complete with a robotic Coco in place of a Napoleon statue. Paula Reed, style director of Grazia UK, didn't seem to mind the late show though. She said, "there hasn’t been a better reason in a long time to stay up late and skip dinner."

For the most part, it was a pretty dark collection with models donning veils over their eyes and a color palette of dark blue, grey, and black. There were some pops of fuchsia and a few white and cream looks, but they were usually grounded with black accents and the occasional overlay of black tulle. Marie Claire's fashion director Nina Garcia declared via Twitter, "extraordinary collection in every single detail."

· Chanel [Official Site]
· All couture coverage [Racked]
· Paris Haute Couture: Chanel autumn/winter 2011 [Telegraph UK]